Thanks for visiting. Today, on Tales of the Ravenous Reader I am happy to be a tour host on the STEADFAST blog tour with Rockstar Book Tours. I am a big fan of Claudia Gray and her books and really enjoy her Spell Caster series for I adore all things witchy. So, stay a spell and learn why Claudia favors witches. Don't Forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post. GOOD LUCK!!

Why witches?

I’d never say that witches are better than vampires or werewolves.  In case the EVERNIGHT series and FATEFUL weren’t proof enough – I love vampires and werewolves. Anything and everything paranormal has delighted me ever since I was a kid. I don’t know whether I could say witches are better than any of the …

Okay, witches are better than mummies. There is one good story you can tell about a mummy raised from the grave, and it’s the movie “The Mummy.” Otherwise they are just slow, shuffling creatures that look like they’re covered in toilet paper. Witches are also better than chupacabras, at least for a romantic story. Nobody wants to read about the forbidden love between a chupacabra and – well, anything. Other supernatural things witches are better than: The Jersey Devil, the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, and leprechauns.

(Though if you manage to write the heart-rending epic tale of passionate love between the Loch Ness Monster and a chupacabra, I will salute you.)

Back to witches! While I don’t think witches are better than other supernatural creatures, I think they’re unique in some interesting ways. What drew me to them most was the fact that – unlike most paranormal beings – witches choose their power, and they control it. Vampires very rarely wish to become vampires, and no matter what mythology you’re working with, there are always limitations to their existence. Same with werewolves. Witches, on the other hand, choose their destinies. Even if they’re born into a family that practices witchcraft, witches are virtually never shown in scenarios where they have no choice but to be witches – or are unable to decide what spells they’re going to cast. They have independence, and power, and very few limitations.

The thing was, I really wanted to write a paranormal story in which the heroine understood her part in the supernatural world from the beginning. One where her power comes not from her ancestry or some random encounter, but from her own will and knowledge and practice. Honestly, one of my big inspirations was the thought, “What would the Harry Potter books have been like if Hermione were the hero?” Although Nadia didn’t wind up being that much like Hermione, they do share the same enthusiasm and dedication for the practice of magic.

Nadia began the trilogy at a delicate point in her life, after her mother had left her father. Mom took off, left the kids, went her own way … and left Nadia without a teacher. So she has both of these issues going on at once: The very human reaction of abandonment, and all the new responsibilities in her changed family, and the witchcraft problem, where she’s just on the verge of coming into her full power when she loses the person who taught her everything. Nadia has to bring herself the rest of the way.

So, the biggest part of why I chose to write a trilogy about witchcraft was exactly because I found it so empowering. It was important to me to have this strong heroine who has knowledge and power and her own direction.

But – I have to confess – I also went for it just because I think witchcraft is so much fun. With magic, the visions and spells are limited only by your own imagination. Inventing a magical system entertained me for days, and each book has given me the chance for new spells. Need to erase someone’s memory? Have to levitate a wrecked car? Want to boil your enemy while she’s in her bathtub? I got to come up with spells for all of those. Again: SO MUCH FUN. Of course I hope you guys all agree.

Author: Claudia Gray
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Pages: 352
Publisher: HarperTeen

The second book in the dazzling Spellcaster series from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray is perfect for fans of the Beautiful Creatures and Hex Hall series.

Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine saved Captive's Sound from the dark sorceress Elizabeth . . . or so they thought. But despite their best efforts, a crack opened and a new, greater evil seeped through. With Mateo as her Steadfast, Nadia's magic is magnified but her training is still incomplete. And a darker magic has begun to call Nadia. . . .

With her Steadfast, Mateo, and her best friend, Verlaine, Nadia must fight the black magic that tempts her and stop the One Beneath before he comes to claim what is his.

Claudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)
I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. You can keep up with my latest releases, thoughts on writing and various pop-culture musings via TwitterTumblrPinterestGoodReads or (of course) my own home page.
If you want to contact me, you can email me, but your best bet is probably to Tweet me. I don’t do follows on Twitter, but I follow everyone back on Tumblr, Pinterest and GoodReads. Website

Giveaway Details:
3 signed STEADFASTs, with swag bookmarks. International

Tour Schedule

Week One:

2/24/2014- FiktshunGuest Post   

 2/25/2014- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post          

2/26/2014- Fantasy Book AddictInterview

2/27/2014- Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsCharacter interview with Verlaine

2/28/2014- Jenna Does BooksAuthor interview

Week Two:

3/3/2014- Mundie MomsReview and an excerpt

3/4/2014- ParajunkeeInterview

3/5/2014- BookaliciousGuest Post    
3/6/2014- Tales of a Ravenous ReaderGuest Post 
3/7/2014- YA SisterhoodGuest Post  


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